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Electric heater causes fire in Banbury

A warning's been issued after fire crews were called to deal with a blaze caused by an electric heater in Banbury.

When they arrived at the property crews found the remains of an electric heater melted into the burned bedroom carpet.

"Fortunately the quick thinking resident unplugged the electric fire from the socket when they realised what was happening, and smothered the fire with a blanket. These actions undoubtedly prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the bedroom.

"The family were very lucky as there were no working smoke alarms in the property and the occupants were all downstairs when the fire started. It was just luck that one of them went upstairs and found the fire.

"If the fire had continued undiscovered for another 1-2 minutes the whole bedroom would have been alight”.

– Watch Manager Mark O’Connor from Banbury Fire Station

Nurse who tried to murder her mother is jailed for 14 years

Julia Knight was found guilty of trying to murder her mother Credit: Julia Knight

A nurse has been been jailed for 14 years for attempting to murder her own mother.

Julia Knight had been accused of injecting her mother with a potentially fatal dose of insulin to prevent her being discharged from Horton Hospital, in Banbury.

Julie Knight injected 81-year-old Irene Robson with insulin at Horton General Hospital in Banbury. She claimed it was to try to stop her from being discharged, but a jury at Oxford Crown Court found her guilty.

The 56-year-old nurse sobbed in the dock when the result was read out. During the trial the court heard how Knight had forged a prescription for insulin at the doctor's surgery where she worked. She then visited her mother and injected her in the stomach with the potentially lethal dose.

She said she was trying to cause a medical blip so that her mother would stay in hospital for longer and a proper care package could be arranged.

Doctors had to save her life after she fell unconscious when her blood sugar levels dropped and then realised she had been injected with insulin. Irene died in September this year of unrelated causes.

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A nurse has been found guilty of attempting to murder her own mother.

Julie Knight sobbed as the guilty verdict was read out Credit: ITV Meridian News

Julie Knight injected 81 year old Irene Robson with insulin at Horton General Hospital in Banbury. She claimed it was to try and stop her from being discharged, but today a jury at Oxford Crown Court found her guilty.

The 56 year old nurse sobbed in the dock when the result was read out. During the trial the court heard how Knight had forged a prescription for insulin at the doctors surgery where she worked. She then visited her mother and injected her in the stomach with the potentially lethal dose. She said she was trying to cause a medical blip so that her mother would stay in hospital for longer and a proper care package could be arranged.

Dr's had to save her life after she fell unconscious when her blood sugar levels dropped and then realised she had been injected with insulin. Irene died in September this year of unrelated causes.

Dr's at Horton Hospital had to save Irene Robson's life after she fell unconscious Credit: ITV Meridian News

Daughter injected mother with potentially fatal drug dose

A nurse has been found guilty of attempting to murder her own mother.

Julia Knight injected 81-year-old Irene Robson with insulin at Horton Hospital, in Banbury.

She had denied the charge, but a jury at Oxford Crown Court didn't believe her.

Julia Knight, who tried to kill her own mother Credit: ITV Meridian

Jury continues deliberations over nurse accused of injecting mother with insulin

Julia Knight Credit: INS

A jury will continue its deliberations later in the trial of a nurse accused of injecting her mother with insulin to prevent her being discharged from hospital.

Julia Knight is alleged to her given eighty one year old Irene Robson a potentially lethal dose of insulin at Horton Hospital in Banbury.

Ms Knight denies trying to kill her.

Man arrested on suspicion of rape

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape after a woman was assaulted at a park in Oxfordshire.

The victim, in her late teens was attacked at Princess Diana Park in Banbury just before 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

A 26 year old man is being questioned.

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Homes flooded as pipe that serves hospital bursts

The burst pipe flooded Broughton Road Credit: Eynsham Fire Station

Houses in Banbury have been left with flood damage after a water main burst yesterday.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue said firefighters were called to the scene in Broughton Road at about 11.30am, where the road was severely flooded due to the burst pipe.

Water was also entering into a number of basements in adjacent homes, which firefighters had to pump out.

Thames Water were on the scene fairly rapidly and therefore managed to instigate an early isolation of the burst main. This in itself was complicated by the fact that the main served the Horton Hospital and therefore an alternative mains supply was required to serve the hospital. Our firefighters are now quite experienced at dealing with flooding and their quick actions also helped to limit the impact of this incident.

– Station Manager Nick Bourke

Appeal following dangerous driving incident

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after an incident of dangerous driving in Banbury.

The incident took place at about 6.20pm on Thursday in the town centre.

A grey Mitsubishi Lancer Evo in Gatteridge Street was seen driving along Upper Windsor Street, through the traffic lights at Bridge Street and into Cherwell Street, into Concorde Avenue before turning left onto Hennef Way and the right along the A423 towards Southam.

It was reported that the car was travelling at speeds in excess of the legal speed limits police would ask anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to call 101.

Tributes paid to teenager stabbed to death

Kyle Byfield was found injured in Banbury earlier this month Credit: Thames Valley Police

The family of a teenager who was stabbed to death in Oxford have paid tribute to him.

23-year-old Kyle Byfield, 23 was found injured at Jubilee Court in Banbury, on 16th April. He died later in hospital.

"Firstly Alan, Laurie and I and both families would like to say how much we appreciate all the love and support from the local community that has been shown. We are all overwhelmed by the generosity people have shown towards Kyle. We cannot name you all but here are a few; Steve Hunt, the Sawyer family, Tracey Yeomans and Chris Phillips. Kyle was our first child who adored his younger sister Aleah who we lost to asthma 10 years ago. He was a loving, caring son, who would do anything for friends and family. He had a fantastic character and was a happy go lucky young man. He was the joker and life and soul of the party. Family and friends will always remember him for his cheeky smile and charm. Kyle loved to ‘dress to impress’ and was always fashion conscious. He loved his sports and was a very good football and rugby player; he played both from the age of 6. He played for Banbury Bulls and many local football teams over the years. Kyle loved music and singing and dancing and was always showing ‘his moves’. We are all totally devastated and shocked by this tragic loss of our beloved Kyle. He will be greatly missed by all and forever in our hearts. We will notify everyone of the funeral date when it has been arranged."

– Ronnie Byfield, Alan Byfield and Laurie Peach (Mum, Dad and girlfriend)
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